EEAC documents

The Board or Board members of the EEAC Network publish occasionally a document . These documents can be found here. 

The EEAC Working Groups also often publish studies; memo’s or session outcome letters. You can find these documents at the thematic focus pages of the EEAC Website

Responding to Covid19: Building social, economic and environmental resilience with the European Green Deal

In response to the Covid19 pandemic, the Board of the EEAC Network hosted a meeting of council members, secretary-generals and directors of its member bodies to discuss the pandemic and what it will mean for the sustainable development and environmental agendas. There was a consensus that the pandemic reinforces the need to actively pursue an enhanced European Green Dealand the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Following the meeting, EEAC Chairman Arnau Queralt Bassa drafted a messages, entitled Responding to Covid19, Building social, economic and environmental resilience with the European Green Deal.
Responding to Covid19: Building social, economic and environmental resilience with the European Green Deal
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EEAC Network Annual Plan 2020: Creating added value through exchanging, cooperating and liaising

The EEAC Network aims to enrich the advice that individual advisory bodies can give to their governments and parliaments, to bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and policy making and to connect the work of the (sub)national councils and the European policy level with regard to climate change, the environment and sustainable development. To achieve these aims, the board of the EEAC Network presents an Annual Plan. The Plan is a framework for action. Including, a list of thematic areas of common interest; proposed exchange and activities as well as an overview of the tentative agendas of the EEAC member bodies.
EEAC Network Annual Plan 2020: Creating added value through exchanging, cooperating and liaising
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Serving the science, society, policy interface for a better world: An overview of Advisory Councils on the Environment and for Sustainable Development in Europe

Implementing the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development requires multi-layered decision making, multilevel coordination and cooperation with a multitude of stakeholders. In order to arrange an institutionalised gathering of these various stakeholders, it is broadly recognised that advisory councils on the environment and for sustainable development and similar bodies (hereafter ‘advisory councils’) play a significant role. Advisory councils are – mostly – established by national or regional governments or parliaments. These councils offer independent advice to their respective national and regional governments and parliaments relating to the environment and sustainable development. To provide interested parties with an overview of different advisory councils on the environment and for sustainable development as established in the European area, the European network of Advisory Councils on the Environment and for Sustainable Development (EEAC Network) drafted this overview study. By means of this study, we hope to shed light on the different compositions, governance structures, tasks, mandates and working methods of advisory councils. This overview study is a living document, meaning that the study will be regularly updated. The document is based on open source data and is not intended to provide a complete and exhaustive overview of advisory councils. Rather, it should merely serve as a source of general information and inspiration.
Serving the science, society, policy interface for a better world: An overview of Advisory Councils on the Environment and for Sustainable Development in Europe
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EEAC Annual Plan: a Framework for Action

The EEAC is a European network of advisory councils that advice their (sub)national governments and parliaments on issues related to sustainable development and the environment. The EEAC Network aims to enrich the advice that individual advisory bodies can give to their governments and parliaments, to bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and policymaking and to connect the work of the (sub)national councils and the European policy level with regard to the environment and sustainable development. To achieve this aims, the board of the EEAC Network presents an Annual Plan. The Plan includes a framework for action; a list of thematic areas of common interest; proposed exchange activities and a tentative agenda.
EEAC Annual Plan: a Framework for Action
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Twenty-five years on: Progressing the sustainable development and environmental agenda in the EU and the role of the EEAC network

By any measure, the EU is at the forefront of both thinking and action on the environmental and sustainable development agenda and has actively built this position over the last quarter century. In this paper, David Baldock reviews the period from 1992 until the present. He reflects on some of the major themes and concepts, drivers and constraints, and the players involved. Most visible amongst those players are of course the European institutions, national and regional governments, NGOs and lobbies. Of special interest, however, is an informal network first established in 1993: the European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC).
Twenty-five years on: Progressing the sustainable development and environmental agenda in the EU and the role of the EEAC network
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A new science-policy-society interface for the 2030 Agenda: the role of European Advisory Councils on the Environment and Sustainable Development

The implementation of the 2030 Agenda at the national, sub-national and local level requires a strong alliance between governments, a broad variety of stakeholders and the scientific community. The existing national and sub-national advisory councils on the environment and sustainable development play a strategic role as advisors to governments and parliaments worldwide in terms of agenda setting and knowledge dissemination. Above all, these advisory councils have a tangible, long-standing and successful role as interface between policy, society and science. This document contains an analysis of the way the advisory councils on sustainable development contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. It includes background information combined with some examples from the advisory councils gathered in the EEAC Network, with special attention to their contribution to a renewed interface between society, science and policy making.
A new science-policy-society interface for the 2030 Agenda: the role of European Advisory Councils on the Environment and Sustainable Development
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